Saturday, March 27, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, March 28, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church on Palm Sunday


 
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Lectionary: 37 and 38
At the Procession with Palms - Gospel
Mk 11:1-10
When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,
to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, 
he sent two of his disciples and said to them, 
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately on entering it, 
you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone should say to you,
‘Why are you doing this?’ reply,
‘The Master has need of it
and will send it back here at once.’”
So they went off 
and found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street, 
and they untied it.
Some of the bystanders said to them, 
“What are you doing, untying the colt?”
They answered them just as Jesus had told them to, 
and they permitted them to do it.
So they brought the colt to Jesus
and put their cloaks over it.
And he sat on it.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road, 
and others spread leafy branches 
that they had cut from the fields.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:
    “Hosanna!
        Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
        Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
    Hosanna in the highest!”
OR:
Jn 12:12-16
When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard 
that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 
they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out:
    “Hosanna!
    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
        the king of Israel.”
Jesus found an ass and sat upon it, as is written:
    Fear no more, O daughter Zion;
    see, your king comes, seated upon an ass’s colt.
His disciples did not understand this at first, 
but when Jesus had been glorified 
they remembered that these things were written about him 
and that they had done this for him. 
At the Mass - Reading I
Is 50:4-7
The Lord GOD has given me
    a well-trained tongue,
that I might know how to speak to the weary
    a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning
    he opens my ear that I may hear;
and I have not rebelled,
    have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
    my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
    from buffets and spitting.
The Lord GOD is my help,
    therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
    knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
Responsorial Psalm
22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
R. (2a)  My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
All who see me scoff at me;
    they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:
“He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
    let him rescue him, if he loves him.”
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Indeed, many dogs surround me,
    a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
    I can count all my bones.
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
They divide my garments among them,
    and for my vesture they cast lots.
But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
    O my help, hasten to aid me.
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
I will proclaim your name to my brethren;
    in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:
“You who fear the LORD, praise him;
    all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;
    revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
 
Reading II
Phil 2:6-11
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God
    something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    coming in human likeness;
    and found human in appearance,
    he humbled himself,
    becoming obedient to the point of death,
    even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
    and bestowed on him the name
    which is above every name,
    that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,    
    and every tongue confess that
    Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.
Verse before the Gospel
Phil 2:8-9
Christ became obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.
Gospel
Mk 14:1—15:47
The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread 
were to take place in two days’ time.
So the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way 
to arrest him by treachery and put him to death.
They said, “Not during the festival, 
for fear that there may be a riot among the people.”
When he was in Bethany reclining at table 
in the house of Simon the leper, 
a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil,
costly genuine spikenard.
She broke the alabaster jar and poured it on his head.
There were some who were indignant.
“Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil?
It could have been sold for more than three hundred days’ wages 
and the money given to the poor.”
They were infuriated with her.
Jesus said, “Let her alone.
Why do you make trouble for her?
She has done a good thing for me.
The poor you will always have with you, 
and whenever you wish you can do good to them, 
but you will not always have me.
She has done what she could.
She has anticipated anointing my body for burial.
Amen, I say to you,
wherever the gospel is proclaimed to the whole world,
what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, 
went off to the chief priests to hand him over to them.
When they heard him they were pleased and promised to pay him money.
Then he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, 
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, 
his disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples and said to them, 
“Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Follow him.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there.”
The disciples then went off, entered the city, 
and found it just as he had told them; 
and they prepared the Passover.
When it was evening, he came with the Twelve. 
And as they reclined at table and were eating, Jesus said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me, 
one who is eating with me.”
They began to be distressed and to say to him, one by one,
“Surely it is not I?”
He said to them,
“One of the Twelve, the one who dips with me into the dish.
For the Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them, and said, 
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, 
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine 
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Then Jesus said to them, 
“All of you will have your faith shaken, for it is written:
    I will strike the shepherd,
        and the sheep will be dispersed.
But after I have been raised up,
I shall go before you to Galilee.”
Peter said to him, 
“Even though all should have their faith shaken,
mine will not be.”
Then Jesus said to him,
"Amen, I say to you, 
this very night before the cock crows twice
you will deny me three times.”
But he vehemently replied, 
“Even though I should have to die with you,
I will not deny you.”
And they all spoke similarly.
Then they came to a place named Gethsemane,
and he said to his disciples,
“Sit here while I pray.”
He took with him Peter, James, and John, 
and began to be troubled and distressed.
Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death.
Remain here and keep watch.”
He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed
that if it were possible the hour might pass by him; 
he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you.
Take this cup away from me,
but not what I will but what you will.”
When he returned he found them asleep.
He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep?
Could you not keep watch for one hour?
Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
Withdrawing again, he prayed, saying the same thing.
Then he returned once more and found them asleep, 
for they could not keep their eyes open 
and did not know what to answer him.
He returned a third time and said to them, 
“Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
It is enough.  The hour has come.
Behold, the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners.
Get up, let us go.
See, my betrayer is at hand.”
Then, while he was still speaking,
Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, 
accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs 
who had come from the chief priests,
the scribes, and the elders.
His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, 
“The man I shall kiss is the one; 
arrest him and lead him away securely.”
He came and immediately went over to him and said,
“Rabbi.”  And he kissed him.
At this they laid hands on him and arrested him.
One of the bystanders drew his sword,
struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his ear.
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you come out as against a robber, 
with swords and clubs, to seize me?
Day after day I was with you teaching in the temple area, 
yet you did not arrest me; 
but that the Scriptures may be fulfilled.”
And they all left him and fled.
Now a young man followed him
wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body.
They seized him,
but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked.
They led Jesus away to the high priest,
and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.
Peter followed him at a distance into the high priest’s courtyard 
and was seated with the guards, warming himself at the fire.
The chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin
kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus 
in order to put him to death, but they found none.
Many gave false witness against him,
but their testimony did not agree.
Some took the stand and testified falsely against him,
 alleging, “We heard him say,
‘I will destroy this temple made with hands
and within three days I will build another
not made with hands.’”
Even so their testimony did not agree.
The high priest rose before the assembly and questioned Jesus,
saying, “Have you no answer?
What are these men testifying against you?”
But he was silent and answered nothing.
Again the high priest asked him and said to him, 
“Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed One?”
Then Jesus answered, “I am;
and ‘you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power
and coming with the clouds of heaven.’”
At that the high priest tore his garments and said,
“What further need have we of witnesses?
You have heard the blasphemy.
What do you think?”
They all condemned him as deserving to die.
Some began to spit on him.
They blindfolded him and struck him and said to him, “Prophesy!”
And the guards greeted him with blows.
While Peter was below in the courtyard,
one of the high priest’s maids came along.
Seeing Peter warming himself,
she looked intently at him and said,
“You too were with the Nazarene, Jesus.”
But he denied it saying,
“I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.”
So he went out into the outer court.
Then the cock crowed.
The maid saw him and began again to say to the bystanders,
“This man is one of them.”
Once again he denied it.
A little later the bystanders said to Peter once more,
“Surely you are one of them; for you too are a Galilean.”
He began to curse and to swear, 
“I do not know this man about whom you are talking.”
And immediately a cock crowed a second time.
Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him,
“Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.”
He broke down and wept.
As soon as morning came, 
the chief priests with the elders and the scribes, 
that is, the whole Sanhedrin held a council.
They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate questioned him,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
He said to him in reply, “You say so.”
The chief priests accused him of many things.
Again Pilate questioned him,
“Have you no answer?
See how many things they accuse you of.”
Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.
Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them
one prisoner whom they requested.
A man called Barabbas was then in prison 
along with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion.
The crowd came forward and began to ask him
to do for them as he was accustomed.
Pilate answered, 
“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”
For he knew that it was out of envy 
that the chief priests had handed him over.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd 
to have him release Barabbas for them instead.
Pilate again said to them in reply,
“Then what do you want me to do 
with the man you call the king of the Jews?”
They shouted again, “Crucify him.”
Pilate said to them, “Why?  What evil has he done?”
They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.”
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,
released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged,
handed him over to be crucified.
The soldiers led him away inside the palace, 
that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort.
They clothed him in purple and, 
weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.
They began to salute him with, "Hail, King of the Jews!” 
and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him.
They knelt before him in homage.
And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the purple cloak,
dressed him in his own clothes,
and led him out to crucify him.
They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon,
a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country,
the father of Alexander and Rufus,
to carry his cross.
They brought him to the place of Golgotha
— which is translated Place of the Skull —,
They gave him wine drugged with myrrh,
but he did not take it.
Then they crucified him and divided his garments 
by casting lots for them to see what each should take.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.
The inscription of the charge against him read,
“The King of the Jews.”
With him they crucified two revolutionaries, 
one on his right and one on his left.
Those passing by reviled him,
shaking their heads and saying,
“Aha!  You who would destroy the temple
and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself by coming down from the cross.”
Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes, 
mocked him among themselves and said, 
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.
Let the Christ, the King of Israel,
come down now from the cross
that we may see and believe.”
Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.
At noon darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
which is translated,
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders who heard it said, 
“Look, he is calling Elijah.”
One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed 
and gave it to him to drink saying, 
“Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.”
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
        Here all kneel and pause for a short time.
The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.
When the centurion who stood facing him
saw how he  breathed his last he said, 
“Truly this man was the Son of God!”
There were also women looking on from a distance.
Among them were Mary Magdalene, 
Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome.
These women had followed him when he was in Galilee
and ministered to him.
There were also many other women
who had come up with him to Jerusalem.
When it was already evening,
since it was the day of preparation,
the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea,
a distinguished member of the council,
who was himself awaiting the kingdom of God,
came and courageously went to Pilate
and asked for the body of Jesus.
Pilate was amazed that he was already dead.
He summoned the centurion
and asked him if Jesus had already died.
And when he learned of it from the centurion, 
he gave the body to Joseph.
Having bought a linen cloth, he took him down,
wrapped him in the linen cloth,
and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock.
Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.
Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses
watched where he was laid.
OR:
Mk 15:1-39
As soon as morning came, 
the chief priests with the elders and the scribes, 
that is, the whole Sanhedrin held a council.
They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate questioned him,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
He said to him in reply, “You say so.”
The chief priests accused him of many things.
Again Pilate questioned him,
“Have you no answer?
See how many things they accuse you of.”
Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.
Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them
one prisoner whom they requested.
A man called Barabbas was then in prison 
along with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion.
The crowd came forward and began to ask him
to do for them as he was accustomed.
Pilate answered, 
“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”
For he knew that it was out of envy 
that the chief priests had handed him over.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd 
to have him release Barabbas for them instead.
Pilate again said to them in reply,
“Then what do you want me to do 
with the man you call the king of the Jews?”
They shouted again, “Crucify him.”
Pilate said to them, “Why?  What evil has he done?”
They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.”
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,
released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged,
handed him over to be crucified.
The soldiers led him away inside the palace, 
that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort.
They clothed him in purple and, 
weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.
They began to salute him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 
and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him.
They knelt before him in homage.
And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the purple cloak,
dressed him in his own clothes,
and led him out to crucify him.
They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon,
a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country,
the father of Alexander and Rufus,
to carry his cross.
They brought him to the place of Golgotha
—which is translated Place of the Skull —
They gave him wine drugged with myrrh,
but he did not take it.
Then they crucified him and divided his garments 
by casting lots for them to see what each should take.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.
The inscription of the charge against him read,
“The King of the Jews.”
With him they crucified two revolutionaries, 
one on his right and one on his left.
Those passing by reviled him,
shaking their heads and saying,
“Aha!  You who would destroy the temple
and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself by coming down from the cross.”
Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes, 
mocked him among themselves and said, 
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.
Let the Christ, the King of Israel,
come down now from the cross
that we may see and believe.”
Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.
At noon darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
which is translated,
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders who heard it said, 
“Look, he is calling Elijah.”
One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed 
and gave it to him to drink saying, 
“Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.”
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
        Here all kneel and pause for a short time.
The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.
When the centurion who stood facing him
saw how he breathed his last he said, 
“Truly this man was the Son of God!”
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Palm or Passion Sunday Explained in 3 Minutes - What You Need to Know - Jesus died for You! #PalmSunday VIDEO


PALM SUNDAY OR PASSION SUNDAY is celebrated on the Sunday before Easter. It commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The donkey was a symbol of peace. The biblical account can be found in the Gospels:

Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: Tell ye the daughter of Sion: Behold thy king cometh to thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of her that is used to the yoke. And the disciples going, did as Jesus commanded them. And they brought the ass and the colt, and laid their garments upon them, and made him sit thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way: And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, the whole city was moved, saying: Who is this? (Matt. 21: 4-10) 
Palm leaves are blessed and given out to the congregation at Church. The liturgy begins with a blessing and procession of palms, but prime attention is given to a lengthy reading of the Passion, with parts taken by the priest, lectors, and congregation. The palms are often taken home by the members of the congregation to serve as sacramentals (sacred signs of the sacraments), and some of them are burned the following year to serve as the ashes for Ash Wednesday, which begins Lent. This is a Solemnity in the Church Calendar and the liturgical colors are red for this day. (Image Share : Google) 
How to fold a Palm into a Cross:
1. Take a palm frond about 1/2 inch wide and 13 inches and hold upright
2. Fold the top down, away from you, and the bottom up, away from you, to form the shaft of a cross of desired length
3. Turn the end down and twist around to the right and across the front of the shaft to make a crossbar in proportion to the length.
4. Fold the end around behind the shaft.
5. Bring the end from behind, under the centre. Fold from the bottom right to the top left and under again from the bottom left to the top right.

6. Fasten the end through the back loops to lock.


Saint March 28 : St. Venturino of Bergamo a Dominican Missionary

 ST. VENTURINO OF BERGAMO


 Birth: 1304
 Death: 1346
 Dominican preacher and missionary crusader. A native of Bergamo, Italy, he joined the Dominicans in 1319 and soon distinguished himself as a brilliant preacher, attracting huge crowds throughout northern Italy. Pleased with his ability to reach large numbers of believers, he announced in 1335 his intention to go on a pilgrimage to Rome. When Pope Benedict XII (r. 1334-1342) learned of the pilgrimage, he feared Venturino might be planning to crown himself pope, and so forbade the friar to proceed. This decree was joined by one issued by the Dominicans themselves at the Chapter in London (1335). Ignorant of these bans, Venturino proceeded to Rome and then to Avignon where he was arrested and imprisoned until 1343. He is also known for helping to organize a crusade, at the behest of PopeClement VI (r. 1342-1352), against the Turks who were then menacing Europe.
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Pope Francis says "..I invite all...not to be afraid of wasting time dedicating an abundance of time to prayer." to Judges at Vatican - FULL TEXT



INAUGURATION OF THE JUDICIAL YEAR OF THE VATICAN CITY STATE COURT

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

Hall of Blessing - Saturday, March 27, 2021

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to meet you for the inauguration of the 92nd judicial year of the Vatican City State Court. I address my cordial greeting to all of you, I thank Doctor Pignatone and Professor Milan and I am grateful to the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Government, Mario Draghi, for his presence. And I cannot forget to mention the late Prof. Giuseppe Dalla Torre, who passed away last year.

The demands posed by the pandemic led to today's ceremony being held in this "Hall of Blessing", located between St. Peter's Basilica and the square. From here the Popes impart to the faithful, on the main solemnities, the Urbi et Orbi blessing, in Rome and in the world.  On the opposite side, the Hall overlooks the central nave of the Basilica, in the visual perspective of the glory of the Holy Spirit, which illuminates the apse. A position - physical and spiritual - central, between the open space and at the same time collected by Bernini's Colonnade, and that of the faith professed and celebrated around the tomb of Peter. And I am reminded of the courage of Pius XI to want to return to this balcony to give the blessing, because between the curtains and the balcony there was a warehouse and when he asked to give this blessing, they had to wait to clean up a bit. this warehouse after over seventy years, so that the Pope could look out onto the square.

In this singular location one could recognize the meaning and the task of the Church, constituted and sent by Christ the Lord to fulfill the mission of supporting the truth and - as the Second Vatican Council teaches - to "spread humility and self-denial "(Const. Lumen gentium , 8), with God's own style: closeness, compassion, tenderness. With this mandate the Church enters history and becomes a place of encounter between peoples and reconciliation between men, to lead them, with the Word and the Sacraments, with Grace and examples of life, to faith, freedom and peace. of Christ (cf. Decr. Ad gentes , 9).

This is the second consecutive year in which I participate in the opening of the judicial year. I am animated by a feeling of gratitude and gratitude, because I know how demanding, at times arduous your activity is, which you carry out every day to foster the order of interpersonal and social relationships, which find balance in the work of justice.

The legislative changes, to which the Promotor of Justice referred, have characterized the Vatican system in recent years. They will be able to gain more effective incisiveness to the extent that they are accompanied by further reforms in the criminal field, especially for the fight and repression of financial crimes, and by the intensification of other activities aimed at making international cooperation between Vatican investigative bodies easier and faster. and similar institutes of other nations, as well as by the initiatives taken by the judicial police of our State.

In this regard, it now appears that it cannot be deferred to identify and introduce, by means of specific rules or memoranda of understanding, new and more incisive forms of cooperation, as requested by the supervisory institutions of the financial markets operating internationally. In this context, I hope that an interlocution at the competent level can soon be reached, in order to make collaboration more prompt and effective. The results achieved to date encourage us to continue in the work undertaken, to overcome practices that do not always meet the needs of timeliness required by investigative dynamics.

I urge everyone, so that the initiatives recently launched and those to be taken for the absolute transparency of the institutional activities of the Vatican State, especially in the economic and financial field, are always inspired by the founding principles of ecclesial life and, at the same time, take due account of the parameters and "good practices" current at the international level, and appear exemplary, as is required of a reality such as the Catholic Church.

All the operators in this sector, and all the holders of institutional offices, therefore have a conduct which, while denoting an effective repentance - where necessary - with regard to the past, is also irreproachable and exemplary for the present and the future.

On this point, in perspective it will be necessary to take into account the priority need that - also through appropriate legislative changes - in the current procedural system, equality between all members of the Church and their equal dignity and position emerge, without privileges dating back over time and no longer. consonant with the responsibilities that each belongs to in building the Church. This requires solidity of faith and coherence of behavior and actions.

In this perspective and with these ends, the fact of being marginal in the dynamics of economic relations does not exempt us, both as a community of the faithful and as individuals, from a particular duty of witness. We are called to witness, concretely and in a credible way, in our respective roles and tasks, the immense patrimony of values ​​that characterizes the Church's mission, its being "salt and light" in society and in the international community, especially in times of crisis like the current one.

I urge you to reflect on the fact that, by carrying out your hidden and patient work day by day, you offer a precious contribution so that the Church, in this tiny state of Vatican City, can give a good example of what she teaches in her social teaching.

Therefore, I invite all who are called to work for the cause of justice - an eminent cardinal virtue - not to be afraid of wasting time dedicating an abundance of time to prayer. In prayer, and only in it, we draw from God, from his Word that inner serenity that allows us to fulfill our duties with magnanimity, fairness, foresight.

The language of painting and sculpture often represents Justice intent, with one hand, to weigh opposing interests or situations with the scales, and ready, with the other hand, to defend the right with the sword. Christian iconography then adds to the previous artistic tradition a detail of no small importance: the eyes of Justice are not blindfolded, but turned upwards, and look at Heaven, because only in Heaven does true justice exist.

To all of you I express my heartfelt wish that this awareness will accompany you and inspire you, for the year we are inaugurating today, in your daily action at the service of justice. For this I pray and accompany you with my blessing. And you too, please, pray for me. Thanks!

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#BreakingNews Attack on 7 Priests in their Diocesan House by 10 Armed Men in Papua New Guinea - Bishop Calls for Dialogue




An attack on Diocesan house of Priests in Papua New Guinea in Oceania occurred on March 19, 2021.  "It was 2 am and, after a brief fight between fifty criminals and 5 local policemen, more than ten armed people entered the house of the diocesan priests where 11 of our priests and a deacon are staying". This is what Mgr. Rolando C. Santos, CM, Bishop of the diocese of Alotau-Sideia, wrote to Agenzia Fides, referring to an episode of violence that took place on March 19 at the John Sinou House. (excerpt from Agenzia Fides)

"After having broken the side door of the house they attacked 7 of our priests - says the Bishop -, they entered their rooms and stole their laptops, cell phones, cash and other valuables. They took away a new outboard motor, solar panels, projector and a TV. As a result of continuous blows to the head, a Filipino missionary lost a lot of blood. Taken to hospital, he is now in stable conditions. Another young local priest was stabbed, yet another was severely beaten up. The others were slightly injured. All are traumatized by this attack".

FULL TEXT Release by Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea

26 March 2021

Statement of the Bishop of Alotau: March 19 Attack on John Sinou House
We are very much saddened and decry the violence and loss of property that happened in Alotau Town last 19th of March.
About 2:00 a.m., after a brief skirmish between around 50 rascals and 5 local policemen, about 12 of the rascals forced themselves inside the diocesan priests’ house where 11 of our priests and 1 deacon were staying. They broke the side door of the house which did not have iron grills. They assaulted 7 of our priests. They forced open their rooms and robbed them of their laptops, mobile phones, cash money and other valuables. They also carted away a new outboard motor, solar panels, projector and TV. A Filipino missionary lost a lot of blood after receiving continuous bashing on the head. He was confined in the hospital but is now in a stable condition. Another young local priest was stabbed, barely missing his heart. The face of another young local priest was swollen after being punched. The others sustained minor injuries. All were traumatized by the attack.
What led to this? More than a week ago, Tommy Baker’s second in command was reportedly shot dead by the police. Just before the attack at John Sinou House, it was reported that Tommy Baker’s group organized themselves and retaliated. They were heavily armed. One group started shooting at the police from the oval, another near the fire station, and a third group entered the priests’ house seizing the opportunity to steal while the police were distracted. There were many priests there because of the just concluded presbyteral council meeting and celebration of Chrism Mass.
Our priests and deacon are still traumatized by what happened. However, because of the coming Holy Week, they feel obliged to resume their pastoral duties, and go back to their parishes. The local people have expressed their sadness and anger over what happened to the priests. They are not happy about the growing deterioration of peace and order in Alotau and the rest of the province. They don’t feel safe and are living in fear. The Member for Alotau visited the priests the day after the incident but gave little or no assurance. We have not received any word from the provincial administration. The police look helpless because they are outnumbered by the rascals who are much better armed.
The Catholic Professionals Society of Alotau feel bad about what happened. The priests were not armed nor violent and are only there to serve the people. They don’t want this thing to happen again. They want things to change for the better for the good of the whole of Alotau and the province. They want a meeting with the police superintendent and issue a public statement.
There is need for a dialogue between the government, Tommy Baker’s group, the churches and the people at large on how to bring about peace and order in Alotau. Differences should be settling peacefully, and respect given to the rights and dignity of every person. Most of all we need to pray and beg God’s help and forgiveness. There is hope for a better tomorrow if we all act together and do what is expected of each one as we put our trust in God.
Bp Rolando Santos
Bishop of Alotau